Boundary commission postpones Juneau’s annexation petition

The state’s Local Boundary Commission has postponed indefinitely the City and Borough of Juneau’s petition to annex nearly 2,000 square miles south of the Capital City.

Juneau is asking a judge to block the boundary commission’s earlier approval of Petersburg’s petition to form a borough, which includes much of the same territory.

The Local Boundary Commission on Wednesday granted the city’s request to delay the annexation petition while the appeal is ongoing.

It’s not known how long it will take a court to rule on Juneau’s challenge of the commission’s Petersburg decision. Juneau officials say the commission should have considered the Capital City’s annexation petition at the same time as Petersburg’s borough petition.

Petersburg residents are voting on borough formation in December.

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